Wednesday, July 01, 2015
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation today announced Michigan Strategic Fund actions to support the expansion of an injection molding facility in Tallmadge Charter Township, a project that is expected to generate $14 million in private investment and create 54 jobs.
“The decision of Agape Plastics to expand further in Tallmadge Charter Township demonstrates Michigan’s business-friendly environment and talented workforce. It is thanks to many public and private partners that this project is taking place, and we are pleased to support that collaboration,” said MEDC Chief Executive Officer Steve Arwood. “This investment will provide excellent employment opportunities for Michigan residents and will create a long-term positive impact on the local economy.”
Agape Plastics, Inc., located in Tallmadge Charter Township (Ottawa County), specializes in custom injection molding and assembly supplying the automotive, furniture and equipment industries. The company plans to construct a 57,600 square foot addition to its current manufacturing facility in Tallmadge Charter Township, investing $14 million and creating 54 jobs. As a result, the project has been awarded a $300,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. Michigan was chosen over a competing site in Ohio. Tallmadge Charter Township has offered support to the project in the form of a property tax abatement. Individuals interested in career opportunities with Agape Plastics should visit www.agapeplastics.com/contact-us.
“Agape Plastics, Inc. has been a member of the Ottawa County community for more than three decades, employing our family members and neighbors. This is an example of a productive use of economic development dollars to maximize community benefits,” said Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof (R-Olive Twp.). “Agape Plastics, Inc. will bring over 50 new jobs to Ottawa County for our hardworking Michiganders. This partnership among the state, township and private industry will be a significant benefit for West Michigan.”
“Agape Plastics is the type of success story that Michiganders like to hear about, and I am happy that such a company is located in our district,” said State Representative Roger Victory (R-Hudsonville). “This performance-based grant will help ensure greater commercial activity for our community, while simultaneously ensuring a high level of environmental quality for our wetland resources.”
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality supported the project by approving the relocation of a DEQ conservation easement and providing assistance with the conservation easement mitigation process.
“We are happy to serve as a resource and support to Agape in this growth project,” said Ottawa County Water Resources Commissioner Joe Bush. "We look forward to working with the company to meet their growth needs and continue to preserve our wetland resources.”
“It took a true team effort to support Agape's growth in our region," said Lakeshore Advantage President Jennifer Owens. “This incredible company now will have the ability to continue to grow here due to the hard work and dedication of state, local and county leaders.”
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